Altoculumus Lenticularis

A MOTHER NATURE WORK OF ART

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Today we will talk about the altocumulus lenticularis. Before talking about this masterpiece of natural art created by mother nature, let’s start from the beginning…

Altocumulus Lenticularis at sunrise

What is an Altocumulus?

Altocumulus are not an alien spacecraft ready to attack the planet as it might seem at times, but rather a very specific type of clouds known for decades and called Lenticular Clouds that appear in the shape of flakes with a circular appearance at an altitude between 2500 m and 6000 m.

Are the Altocumulus all the same?

Altocumulus may look similar to each other but there are different types. They are 5 different kinds:

  • Altocumulus stratiformis
  • Altocumulus castellano
  • Altocumulus volutus
  • Altocumulus floccus
  • Altocumulus lenticularis

What causes altocumulus to form?

Altocumulus Lenticularis is actually the physical manifestation of the so-called Orographic Waves, which are formed in the presence of wind flows with the same direction at altitudes ranging from the ground up to about 6000m, with increasing intensity by the altitude and which they impact more or less perpendicularly against a mountain range or a hill.
Altocumulus are formed during the “ups and downs” of these masses of air placed at high altitudes which in the presence of very humid masses or layers of air condense in the rising phase of the air currents forming the various layers that give the typical Lenticular shape to the cloud usually around -25 degrees.

What is the altocumulus lenticularis?

Altocumulus lenticularis is a type of cloud that can take on a rounded/circular shape better known as a lens shape. This type of formation is very dangerous for flying as it can overcome the formation of turbulence which can create problems, especially for light aircraft.

Altocumulus lenticularis is a fairly common phenomenon, sometimes even easy to photograph. The shapes and colors of the clouds make the photos of disarming beauty. We like to describe them as living art masterpieces. 

During the cold winter days surrounded by the beauty of a borgo and perhaps a glass of wine seeing these formations makes us understand that life itself is a work of art.

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